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My growth as a Partnership advocate continued most recently in the online course, The Power of Partnership, where author and visionary Riane Eilser and course leaders Susan Carter and Sara Saltee guided participants in considering how small actions can lead to meaningful change in addressing the human, environmental and economic challenges of today's world.
This course was both distressing and quite affirming to me. It invited us to look closely at our own life experience as we examined the Seven Relationships, the presence of the Inner Dominator (if you will) in all areas of our lives, in our relationship with ourselves, intimate others, work and community, national and international community, and nature. I’m sure that I wasn’t alone in gaining insight into the deep and ever present impact that dominator dynamics have on our lives past and present, in spite of any relative privilege we may or may not have enjoyed. Along with this was the gift of seeing that we can and often do live and successfully embody partnership principles in many areas of our lives, and in many cases to quite a great extent. This is cause to celebrate as it is what our work is all about.
The Power of Partnership experience is so valuable because in the most simple and practical of ways, Riane challenges us to ask ourselves how we can help further advance principles of partnership living. In the face of all the trauma, loss and destruction in the world today, Riane acknowledges our shared discouragement while she also encourages hope.
Most importantly, however, is that Riane Eisler gives us concise and comprehensive language that for so long has been elusive or completely lacking. These thoughtfully developed words clearly and precisely enable us to identify and name the social dynamics that so deeply shape nearly every aspect of our shared human experience. An article called “Life Without Language,” on the Neuroanthropology.net website, discusses the notion that without language, there can be no cognition or understanding. Difficult experiences for which we have no words can leave us feeling numb and confused. The article further states; Language is not simply an either/or proposition, but part of a cognitive developmental niche that shapes both our abilities and (unperceived) disabilities relative to the fully cognitively matured language-less individual.
We must have clear language and adequate words to define our experiences in order to bring awareness and understanding to them. If we are too shocked or traumatized by the harm and cruelty around us, it will be impossible to identify and speak about the social and cultural dynamics that threaten life rather than support it. This book contains the framework, language and tools needed to better understand and work to change this.
Riane Eisler's engagement in developing the language, educational leadership and a worldwide Partnership Learning Community is one of most potent tools available to the citizens of the world today. Never have we been so well-equipped and empowered to step out and share this concise overview of the dynamics that continue to characterize and injure civilization. The Tables in the back of the book that outline the differences between Dominator and Partnership Models are clear and easy to understand -- an invaluable tool for community education. The carefully thought out steps, actions and practices in each chapter offer many options to effect change on a daily basis. Pebbles of all sizes and colors for tossing out into a sea of change, both personally and collectively. As a Partnership Advocate, I will continue to use these words -- in writing, speaking and video -- to continue to make a contribution. Language is everything.
The strongest impression I got was just how fast change is happening, all over the world. Yes, the DC paradigm still appears strong, and it is, but it is the desperate thrashing of a dying organism, not willing to let go but no longer able to sustain the myths that underlie it. With each passing day the PR model is growing stronger and putting forth new shoots, different but complementary, bringing in flexibility and resilience by responding to the awakening thirst for more light and beauty in partnership with each other and with our Mother, the Earth.
Charles Eisenstein, in Sacred Economics, discusses the role money played in empowering and sustaining the old model,but which is failing us today because it is impossible to sustain infinite exponential growth in a finite world and because it is impossible to make the quantity of resource depletion we in the US assume as normal the model for the rest of the world, or, indeed, for ourselves, much longer. He describes how new ways of defining money, deciding who gives it legitimacy, how you get it, and what you can do with it, are emerging. I believe these insights can move the Caring Economy work forward, as well as giving us strong tools to build and implant PoP in our consciousness and conversations.
Another resource I discovered is Medium http://medium.com, a recent arrival on the scene of commentary catering to the written word and giving voice to the rising generation of new voices and energy that is moving onto the stage. There are many Millenial voices as well as women's voices, so it is a vibrant forum with much to discover. I met Michael Haupt there (he's a PoP 2 alum) and we are exploring ways of collaborating on new economic and money systems.
Look forward to hearing from you new found friends and wish you well in our conntinuing march into the brighter future we all know in our hearts is emerging.
I loved the Power of Partnership course - many thanks to our wonderful facilitators, Susan Carter and Sara Saltee. You are so good at holding the space for exploration and transformation!
I've been exploring Riane's work since the 80s, when I read The Chalice and The Blade. I've done her Master Class, and the Caring Economy course as well - so this rounds out my work with the community.
I so appreciated the distinctions of the different kinds of partnership, and the idea of starting with Self first. It is so important, and something many of us don't do. I have found the practice of consistently partnering with myself very nurturing. It gives me a greater foundation to handle the difficult family issues and the stresses of building a coaching business.
I use the language of Partnership in working with my coaching clients, and am looking forward to having even more tools to help them express their whole, authentic selves in a way that they can be truly heard and understood - bringing the principles of Partnership into our communication.
For many women, it is difficult for us to speak up and speak out for ourselves because of Dominator cultural expectations - women should be soft spoken; nice girls don't toot their own horns; when a woman speaks strongly and powerfully, she's called a bitch, too aggressive or pushy, or argumentative; girls should be seen and not heard; etc. These stories have caused us to be shushed, silenced, devalued, shamed, and to understand that our voices don't matter. They have caused us to hold our VOICES back.
I love having the Dominator/Partnership structure to place these stories in. (I call them "voice stories.") Part of what we need to do to change our cultural stories, as Riane calls us to do, is to bring these old voice stories out into the open so we can recognize them, and stop feeding them.
In my work, I find that women hold these expectations of other women just as often as men. Whenever I give a talk or presentation about my work, I always ask everyone to stand up and pledge to support women speaking strongly and powerfully. It's usually a transcendent moment.
I'll be bringing the ideas of Partnership more into my presentations and my work with clients as my business grows. I'm looking forward to helping to make the Big Shift further into Partnership happen FASTER!
I integrated the Caring Economy campaign in my presentation. My first one about a new economic system and the first one in english...
I didn't have enough time (I had less time that planned) to go in details....but it's always a little step toward a Caring Economy.
I am better for “The Power of Partnership” course. I was/am fascinated by the mind specifically the part of the mind that simply accept things as they are introduced…without question; things like hate, fear, prejudice and the like. I have been a victim to this and opened myself to the process of understanding and this course revealed the answer to me. I wondered what it was called when behaviors masked as racism emerged within the SAME groups. I now understand that behavior to be DOMINANCE. Minorities cannot be racist because they lack the power to effect anyone socially/economically however, they can participate in dominance. Dominance of self, others, including intimate others, workplace others, community others, and global others and position self to be dominated as a result of self-dominance…a dominating God is included in this. Fascinating! Knowing we are ALL on this domination spectrum is a powerful awareness. I will be more mindful of the ease of practicing dominance and do something different. I have no expectation of perfection therefore, I am always in search of how to be better. I now know that partnering outside of myself is a reflection of my commitment to partnering with myself. I was/am interested...so I asked the questions "how am I contributing negatively to the world I see around me? and what stories (from man/society) have I accepted as MY reality and myself without question? Self-awareness and mindfulness are worth exploring if we are to make the world around us better than it is. Starting with self and working my way out from there has been life altering.
The Seven Relationships discussed by Riane Eisler in her book The Power of Partnership provided the framework for our online Partnership Course. For me, one of the most important concepts was the first of these relationships, relationship with one’s self. I never thought of the quest for self knowledge and inner balance in these terms.
Anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of psychology understands how our earliest relationships in family and society color and even program our entire perception and experience of life. Our concept of self cannot be developed apart from those early relationships and as our circles of interaction expand, the relationships we develop through our own agency. When those same relations, envisioned by Riane as relationship with intimate others, community, nation, and world, are viewed through the dominator-partnership continuum, it brings into focus the “mixed bag” of human experience and the choice we might exercise, both individually and collectively in creating the future we want.
What I found particularly empowering is that this entire sense of choice relates equally, and perhaps even more fundamentally, to one’s relationship with one’s SELF, because that is the one area where we have the most freedom to exercise our choice, and once we do it will change all other relations going forward. To begin to realize the extent to which we have internalized those voices of early experience, and to locate those inner voices on the same spectrum allows us to clearly see how we can sometimes we our own worst “enemy”=our own worst “dominator.”
Finally the last two relationships that Riane discusses in her book, relationship with nature and relationship with “spirit” brings her vision full circle. As someone who has been exploring, researching, writing, and teaching about spirituality for my entire life, I have also realized that if one’s sense of self BEGINS (is formed) in the earliest and most intimate relations within families, one’s sense of self ENDS (finds its ultimate meaning) in nature and spirit. We cannot live without some sense of purpose or meaning, some worldview that defines us in relationship to the “transcendent,” that which lies beyond. And yet our understanding of transcendence has equally important implications for our immanent reality, the “here and now” of our lives.
Our relationship with community, nation and world are defined by mostly unconscious assumptions about nature, the environment that collectively sustains us (or not), and what lies beyond, that which encompasses and supports experience as we know it. Our imagination of nature and spirit (theistic or not) also reflects the dominator-partnership spectrum. In my own life, having been greatly influenced by Hindu yogic and Shakta philosophy and practice, I imagine nature and spirit in intimate relationship to each other. Transcendence and immanence, envisioned as the gendered “dance” of Shiva and Shakti has been a powerful theme in my intellectual and artistic life. As an Indian classical dancer I have literally danced this theme and as a scholar I have written about the way this interaction plays out in Hindu ritual and practice. But to actually practice this partnership on a practical day to day basis is another matter. One of the most satisfying aspects of this course has been to integrate and reflect upon the most important themes of my life through the lens of the Power of Partnership. By becoming conscious of patterns of domination and instead envisioning and practicing partnership with nature and spirit, we can reconfigure our relationship to self and transform our entire experience of life. I am very grateful.
photo by Roxanne Kamayani Gupta
The power of partnership has been a life changing and transforming course. This has been my first introduction to this community. I have a new language and am stepping into a new world. I really resonated with a sentence that was quoted in class from David Whyte – “If you are tired the answer may not be rest but wholeheartedness.” I knew as the sentence was being read that this is the truth for me. This course helped me become more wholehearted. Yeah!!! I appreciated the ability to go in-depth with the book content alongside a warm and loving on-line community of world-wide class participants. Supplemental readings made the book come alive in a brand new way. For example, I loved the article entitled The Inner Work of Partnership: Tools for Making the Personal Shift from Domination to Partnership published 2015 in THE INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL OF PARTNERSHIP STUDIES by Susan Carter and Sara Saltee, Volume 2, Issue 2 Fall Article 3. I keep this article front and center as I live my life. There are wonderful reminders and innovative suggestions for being my own best partner.
For me personally the biggest epiphanies and transformation have come clear to me in the class on work – especially all the consequences of working in dominator systems compared to partnership. These understandings complemented by the suggested short supplemental reading by David Whyte resulted in radiant insights for me.This was the first time that I understood the tyranny of the term work life balance -- that work life balance is a false cultural choice and we are seduced into whipping ourselves with it. I have begun having an on-going conversation with myself among theses 3 parts of me - work, self. and relationships. My eyes have been opened where I was blind about how, in a dominator system, we are coerced into feeling we have to make a choice among these 3 and believe it is our choice and worse we use our inability to successfully negotiate what is a rigged, set up to fail choice, to feel inadequate.
This course has been perfect timing for me as I have launched my own health care consulting business Coherent Impact in Health Care. My tag line is from isolation to collaboration. I am taking what I have learned in this class to further support transformation in our health care system. My consulting business goal is to do my part to support health care so, in partnership, many hands make light work and enjoyable work rather than is now the case in so many traditional heath care systems. In the traditional health care systems, many hands make more work and added aggravation due to working in silos where people are isolated from one another in ‘teams’ who work alone together. I welcome hearing and learning from you all about your work in health care, any resources you have, and how we might support each other. I also welcome feedback on my website – the good, bad and the ugly. I am so, so grateful to be part of this community.
I turn 50 this year; my daughter turns 2.
I really have been blessed with the most delightful child, at a time in my life that I can truly appreciate her. I also had the misfortune of being raised by a particularly dominating father. Beatings and other forms of corporal punishment (including canings at school, which was considered normal practice back then) were a regular occurrence and father was not a particularly loving man. When he passed away a few years ago, none of his 6 children mourned him.
When my daughter was born (one of those completely unplanned significant life events) I vowed to treat her the exact opposite of how I was treated. So, while it has been easy to reject the dominator model, I've not always known what to do instead. The chapter on intimate relationships was a godsend, at just the right time, since she's entering what most parents affectionately refer to as "the terrible twos."
I found this phrase particularly helpful:
How are children treated in your family? Are they supposed to be “seen and not heard”? Are they given total free rein? Or are they taught to respect and honor both their own needs and those of others?
The second key takeaway was hugely helpful in the work I am doing to help female entrepreneurs understand the rise and fall of patriarchal societies throughout Western civilisation, and specifically what they can expect in the next 5-50 years. I particularly found this concept useful:
...the evolution of love, empathy, and caring. In reality, empathy and caring also play a crucial role in determining survival or extinction for many species.
It's my belief (shared by millions) that we have reached a tipping point, and that what humanity does in the next 10-20 years will determine whether we survive or not. While it's easy to get caught up in the symptoms of our malady (climate change, poverty, etc.), it was a timely reminder that empathy plays a crucial role in deterring survival or extinction.
All in all, a timely and transformative course, and I am eternally grateful for the serendipitous events that led to me joining. Highly recommended.
Cape Town, South Africa
This interesting article on authoritarianism has obvious links to the domination-partnership continuum:
It’s easy to say that a course was transformative, but it does feel as if the 'Power of Partnership' hit the right spot at the right time in my life.
I’ve been facing two particular challenges which the course helped me to address. The first is my work situation, where we’re undergoing what seems like an interminable restructure forced by a loss of funding. This has brought some very contentious issues to the surface which has left my colleagues and I feeling deeply frustrated, disempowered and depressed.
When asked, as part of the course, to give a short presentation on one of the themes in Riane’s book, the chapter on 'Your work and community relationships' stood out. It prompted me to look at the workplace dynamics through the domination-partnership lens. This gave me some insights which have changed my behaviour at work; I am no longer willing to accept an organisational culture which is led by a (female) dominator boss.
As organisational cultures are created by everyone involved, I have had to consider my own contribution and realise that I have been complicit. Although I have challenged the culture in the past, I’ve backed down and accepted the status quo too easily. This has similarities to my childhood family relationships.
Now that I am conscious of this and can bring more self-awareness into my workplace relationships, I feel that it might be possible to challenge the dominator regime in a constructive manner.
My other challenge this past 3 months was to prepare a presentation on climate change for a local discussion group. This required some intensive research to strengthen my knowledge of the subject, as I knew I had to be prepared for possible attacks from climate change deniers.
Sure enough, there was one vocal denier in the group, evidently steeped in New World Order conspiracy theories. Although his arguments were weak and easily countered, I experienced a strong physical reaction to the engagement as I struggled to contain my anger, causing my hands to shake quite violently.
A couple of days later I read a section in Riane’s book on ‘Dominator psychology and the environment’. She says: “one way people with dominator mindsets deal with the world is through denial”.
This switched on a light bulb for me. Climate change deniers have dominator mindsets, and encounters with them trigger those hypersensitive childhood patterns which dominator family structures force upon us.
Whether it’s controlling bosses, climate change deniers, authoritarian politicians, murdering terrorists or the destructive impact of our civilisation on the rest of nature, the root cause of my anger is the same: domination structures arising from dominator mindsets, perpetuated ad infinitum by the cycle of learnt childhood behaviour and social and economic indoctrination within a global dominator culture.
It feels as if healing is emerging from partnership in thinking and practice, both in my own damaged psyche and in my relationship with the world. The new challenge from this learning is to live, breathe and act from the partnership way in all aspects of my life.
For the last decade I've been speaking about partnership as a value within Goddess spirituality or Sacred Feminine liberation thealogy, because I realized it could save the world. Partnership within ourselves, with our friends and community, between employers and employees rather than the current exploitation found in predator capitalistic domination. Partnership between countries to prevent war, and between humanity and Gaia to save all the species on the planet from mass extinction and prevent the continued and on-going rape of Mother Earth, in all its many forms. This class was a great refresher and new information has certainly inspired me and enhances my ability to speak about the necessity and power of partnership in more specifics, but for me personally, two areas were most significant.
First, I realized in my passion to teach the power of partnership I probably was not in good relationship with myself. It was a reminder I have to put the oxygen mask on myself before I can for anyone else in order to keep teaching, caring and sharing. It was also a reminder to tend my personal relationships and not neglect those closest to me or take them for granted. I believe its been a wake up call to be more compassionate and make time for others in their daily struggles with the challenges of life - struggles that might not be so severe if there was partnership not domination built into our socio-economic structures, which brings me to the second point I focused on for the class - the lack of journalistic integrity as domination.
I don't know about you, but in my circles and spheres of influence, we've felt a paradigm shift was coming. We genuinely feel we are living in that evolution or shift of consciousness as patriarchy takes its last gasps and we have been waiting and watching for signs that life for the coming generations would improve. One of the new players on the scene reinforcing this idea hope was on the way was Senator Bernie Sanders getting into the presidential race and having the courage to go against the status quo, the Establishment, the strongmen, and be a champion of the people. In jumping onboard that train toward the revolution, the lack of journalistic integrity in the corporate owned news media has taken on a new clarity and the danger of an unbiased and truly free press looms larger for more average people than ever before. While we are making headway in the press about pay inequity for women, and there have even been some noises about the importance of acknowledging the unpaid emotional and domestic labor of women, those accomplishments seemed to pale when I witnessed the press stoke the flames of the reality television tendencies of Republicans while thwarting democracy in the race between the Democrats, Hillary and Bernie.
I was not surprised to learn from a study done during the course of several months, Donald Trump, the reality television star, who was no doubt bringing in ratings to the networks, had been mentioned 187 thousand times in the media. Hillary Clinton had been mentioned about 87 thousand times, while Bernie Sanders was mentioned an anemic 29 thousand times, with most of the comments marginalizing his campaign and distorting his policies, even attempting to convince viewers of his unelectability. Fortunately for Sanders, those behind his campaign pay less attention to the actors disseminating the evening "news" - the tone of which is spun to benefit the conflict of interest of their employers. You see it's not that this was new. I've just never seen the bias be so transparent and pervasive and I still believed there were still some honest dealers disseminating the news - like Rachel Maddow. It has been painful and demoralizing to see some of the few "good guys" left out there become corporate tools, even Maddow.
In conclusion, I'll just leave you with my final lamentations. Imagine if the news media still upheld the public trust of having integrity in journalism to help inform a dumbed-down electorate. We might actually discuss Michal Moore's new documentary, Where to Invade Next showing very clearly in an entertaining way what could happen to our quality of life if our tax dollars were used for the people instead of waging war and giving corporate welfare to companies that don't pay taxes. Or imagine if Entertainment Tonight might tell you how the new movie Truth documented the lack of journalistic integrity at CBS thereby affecting the outcome of the Bush-Kerry election leading to the continuation of the Iraq War that destabilized the Middle East. Or how Trumbo was a great refresher reminding us of the consequences of allowing ignorant bigots to have power over public discourse and policy. At least portions of the film industry are trying to do their part.
I also imagine what might actually come into being if the press in this current presidential election cycle actually asked tough and informed questions with follow up. I imagine each candidate being handled with fairness and without bias. I imagine a news industry not owned by corporations with an investment in the outcome of the election that just gave the facts to their audience rather than thinly disguised attempts at manipulation. I imagine the service to the country the press would provide if they were free to expound on the incredible accomplishments of Bernie Sanders campaign and the era of partnership his policies might usher in rather than manipulate the masses into voting against their economic interests.
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“The Practicum gave me courage to continue with this conversation. It proved that it is practical, it is real. It is the missing gem in our society today.” - Timothy Gachanga, Educator and community activist, Nairobi, Kenya
“The domination/partnership framework is a powerful lens for analyzing social, cultural, economic and political issues.” -Daniel Hall, West coast Director of Peace and Community relations for the Soka Gakkai International- USA Buddhist Association
“I now have the confidence to ask challenging questions and share this information. I have access to amazing resources, the wisdom of the cohort leaders, and a supportive community of like-minded people. I am inspired to see what I can do to improve the world and my local community.” - Tara Wernsing, Professor of Leadership Development at Instituto de Empresa Business School, Madrid, Spain
In this interview with systems thinker Fritjof Capra, “Why Economists Don’t Know How to Think About Growth”, Evonomics advisor Eric Michael Johnson explores the role of systems thinking in economics.
Capra shows how qualitative indicators, including equity and the state of the natural environment, are useful in addressing economic issues. He asserts that the state of the natural environment is critical “because our personal as well as our economic well-being depend on it in terms of our quality of life and the availability of natural resources.”
Social Wealth Economic Indicators (SWEIs), developed by Riane Eisler and the Caring Economy Campaign, emphasize the role of both social and natural capital. SWEIs show that a strong economy and caring for people and nature go hand in hand.
Join Riane Eisler online on March 2, 11am Pacific for the free Caring Economy Starter Course.
The Starter Course introduces the Economics of Care and shows how you can work with SWEIs to help create a more just, prosperous, and sustainable way of life.
Restructuring our economic system to include the value of care and work in harmony with nature’s principles of ecology is a part of an emergent Partnership model.
Learn more about the Partnership framework at The Center for Partnership Studies
Amazon, in conjunction with the University of Washington, has recently announced its Catalyst awards. These are for $10,000 to $100,000 over a 3 to 18 month period. The awards are refreshingly non-bureaucratic; no need to spell out your research plan. The principle investigator needs to be faculty, student or staff at the University of Washington, but the team can include outsiders. Amazon is looking for Big Ideas in any field – technical, arts, theatre, economics, etc. The application process consists of answering 18 questions on https://catalyst.amazon.com/uw/ including a press release of your anticipated results. There in no deadline. Apply any time before 2020. They promise to review your proposal in 30 days and fund it withing 60 days. The entire grant goes to the team; the university does not recover overhead.
Contact me if you want to work with a UW team on a partnership topic, such as applications for the new economic indicators.
Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, announced in Davos on Thursday that he was creating his organization’s first high-level panel on women’s economic empowerment.
Globally, women earn 24% less than men for doing the same work. “The empowerment of the world’s women is a global imperative,” Ban Ki-moon said. “Yet despite important progress in promoting gender equality, there remains an urgent need to address structural barriers to women’s economic empowerment and full inclusion in economic activity. If the world is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we need a quantum leap in women’s economic empowerment.”
The conventional assumption has been that a strong economy and caring for people and nature are at odds. Social Wealth Economic Indicators (SWEIs) demolish that assumption. SWEIs show the benefits of investing in care, and the dismal consequences of devaluing it - not only for women (who still do most of the care work), children, the elderly, families, and the natural environment, but also for economic competitiveness.
On February 10, The Caring Economy Campaign will offer the free webinar “Counting Care In”, an introduction to Social Wealth Economic Indicators (SWEIs). SWEIs demonstrate that care work is key to human capacity development, and bring together data demonstrating the financial and social ROI from the work of care. Join Riane Eisler and the Caring Economy Campaign on Wednesday, February 10 at 11am Pacific for this important free webinar.
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“Caring for children properly, and valuing the unpaid and paid work of those who undertake this vital job, will determine America’s future competitiveness, security, equality, and the wellbeing of its citizens.” – Anne-Marie Slaughter from ‘The Failure of the Phrase ‘Work-Life Balance”, The Atlantic online, December 16, 2015
In this month’s Atlantic.com article “The Failure of the Phrase ‘Work-Life Balance”, Anne-Marie Slaughter asserts the urgent need for including the value of care in our economy.
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Criticism of dominator economic structures was a major topic at the People's World Conference on Climate Change that I attended in October in Tiquipaya, Bolivia last month. The entire conference was organized as partnership structure.
The article I wrote about the conference, where I cited Riane Eisler's work, was chosen as an Editor's Pick on BlogCritics.org. You can read the article here.
And you can sign my online petition to pressure our elected officials to summon up the political will to make binding commitments at the UN climate summit, COP21, in Paris this year.
The barangay (county or village) is the Philippines’ basic administrative unit of government. A barangay has a population of 2,000-5,000 inhabitants occupying contiguous territory. Barangays are headed by elected officials who are mandated to, among others, enact ordinances to promote the general welfare; set local taxes, revenues and annual and supplemental budgets; provide basic services of their inhabitants; conciliate and mediate disputes .
In compliance with the Philippine government’s policy of gender mainstreaming, every barangay maintains a Gender and Development Focal Point System (GADFPS) to ensure programmed gender mainstreaming within it. A Violence Against Women’s (VAW) Desk is also found in every barangay to ensure that violence against women cases are addressed in a gender-responsive manner.
On Friday, 16 October 2015, hosted by the Quezon City Gender and Development Resource and Coordination Office (GADRCO), I conducted conversations on Caring Economics for seventeen all-women participants: six (6) gender focal persons, four (4) GADRCO staff members, three (3) barangay or village officials; four (4) came from city hall departments (police, education, health, engineering); two (2) experts in gender and governance served as process observers and assessors.
Dubbed Huntahan at Hugutan (Filipino for “light, oral exchanges (about) matters that have deep, often unstated, underpinnings”), I designed the conversations toward awareness of change, the better to mine the challenges of transformation that are embedded in gender and development. A quote from Riane Eisler understates my assumptions:
The breadth and depth of personal, economic, and global development challenges in the world today
require entirely new paradigms in economics, education, organizational arrangements, and organizational
leadership if they are to be effectively addressed.
For conversation topics, I chose Riane’s cultural transformation theory, domination-partnership continuum, and social wealth economic indicators. To scaffold what I anticipated to be a complex learning process, I provided a transmuted glossary developed by Stefano Mercanti, UNDERSTANDING THE LANGUAGE OF PARTNERSHIP: A GLOSSARY; prepared a 31-slide Powerpoint presentation, and was very mindful of participants’ utterances and actions on which I could peg concepts related to the conversation topics.
Consequently, our conversations touched on body-mind-spirit integration; truism of ‘personal-is-political’; domination-partnership continuum; hierarchy of actualization; domination trance; and, in general, women’s shared experiences of discrimination, harassment, invisibility, multiple burden, poverty, violence and abuse, that served as “text and context” of our conversations.
The time (1:30-5:00 o’clock p.m.) allotted for our conversations was not enough to address our sundry interests so we decided to spend one whole day, on Friday, 13 November 2015 to resume our conversations.
I am edified by our conversations to a point that I offered to facilitate, gratis, Care Economics conversations in barangays that request them; I will also ground Riane Eisler's domination-partnership continuum in Philippine beliefs and practices and use it as lenses to uncover structural patterns of domination in intimate relations; I'm also inclined to do more organizing and advocacy work around intimate partner violence and its intersections with substance abuse.
I have no idea where the Caring Economy Campaign will take me but in retirement (also, re-tire-ment), I will work toward transformation of Philippine barangays into Caring Barangays.
My company, Knowledge Universe, is the nation’s largest private provide of early childhood education. We also partner closely with employers in implementing family care solutions to enhance their benefit programs and talent strategies. We know these programs have an effect on the bottom line of their business, because taking care of people, employees, is taking care of business. As our partner, Stanford’s Senior Director of Worklife Strategy Phyllis Stewart Pires says “…work-life issues are relevant to everyone—from department heads and students to parents and non-parents. If you want to manage a great team, then these ideas can be game-changing. If you want to innovate, they’re important for you, too.”
We are also heavily invested in partnering with governments federally and in 42 states to further the impact that policy has on investments in childcare before age 5. We know these formative years have a huge impact on developing brains and life trajectory, and so we are also the only national provider that works with local and federal agencies in making high-quality care available to all families, regardless of income.
On Oct 26, 2015, I hosted 30 business leaders across the country to introduce them to the idea of the partnership/domination continuum with a particular emphasis on how to create a caring company. As we evaluated statistics on their workforce, such as the fact that in 2012, 25% of moms were returning to work less than 2 weeks after giving birth, we discussed how they were practicing partnership principles in their policies and whether they supported families, individuals, and the environment. We also looked at case studies of leading businesses, such as Microsoft, and talked about the bottom line effects their policies and practices have in leading organizations and legislature to support more partnership oriented policies.
The support was overwhelming, and the ways businesses, both large and small, are working strategically to attract and retain talent were unique. But the big take away was that the people that were running these companies, form owners to HR leaders, really care about their employees and want to do what is right. Partnership fits right into their goals, socially and fiscally.
My goal, in my partnership work, is to create tools that businesses can use to help gauge their place on the continuum. From employees and clients to natural relationships, companies have a huge impact on individuals, communities, and policy. That impact can be negative or positive, and knowing the baseline is the first step to moving in the positive direction. Taking this baseline, I would then like to create training programs that address the different areas they can improve their partnerships, and focus on learning modules for a variety of individuals that have decision making roles within companies on how to lead those partnership discussions and training programs within their own organizations.
“Institutions not only help drive innovation, entrepreneurship, and performance, but they are also key in influencing public policy”
Kira Fabrizio, Associate Professor Strategy & Innovation, Boston University Strategic Management Society 2015 Conference Panel, Denver CO
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